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How important is the hair client consultation?


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR

It is my goal to create a platform that over time will become a place to share thoughts review hair colour and products.

The Consultation your time to shine:

I’ve been a fully trained stylist for over 20 years have been fortunate enough to have experienced many aspects of the hairdressing Industry.
In the many years working i have been working with clients. I like to think that nothing shocks or surprises me. Many have shared with me every issue that a client can bring to the chair.

I’ve seen young women come in with orange roots and white ends. I’ve seen red roots and black ends. I’ve seen hair looking like a traffic light from violet to blue, colors that usually are reserved for flowers.When I see these mistakes colour failures in some case hair nightmares one cannot help but feel oh so sorry  for the client to which these hair are attached.

Normally when the color mistakes are so apparent the truth is impossible to ignore the poor client is so embarrassed upset and apologetic that one  really wants to help and fix this problem if at all possible.

The client usually admits that it was a money issue a crazy moment or a few drinks with that got out of hand with a friend it seemed like a good idea at the time! found an old box under the vanity and thought it would be a great time at 3 in the morning to “streak” their hair. I don’t have any issues helping these clients for me the challenge is correcting it the reward is success a happy client she made an honest mistake at home and now seeks professional help a humbling experience in it’s self. Usually they have learned from the mistake  after all we all make mistakes first time one feels sorry for them repeat offenders well they are on their own, most however are more than willing to go through the steps to fix the situation.

Here is an example of a normal client consultation:

A client is looking for some sort of chemical service, not always a major change; let’s say going lighter.  We will take a close look at the hair during the consultation and figure out what we need to do to get as close to the desired result without damaging the hair.  It is at this time when we’ll ask the client their past history.  whilst at the same time looking and feeling for indications of damage, If we see any sort of banding, we know some sort chemical affected the hair.

It’s a pretty simple fact, hair grows approximately 1/2 inch a month.  If there is a any sort of line of demarcation, we know there was something “done” to the hair,  and we can tell when it happened by how far it is away from the scalp.  When we ask the client why this band exists, they can’t give a reason.  When we’d tell them that something had to be put in their hair to create this band they will not admit to anything.  To be fair with so many over the counter products these days misleading the consumer it is possible that they were unaware the product used would cause this issue.  In some cases one would repeatedly ask the question and they’ll repeatedly plead their innocence/ignorance. Stale mate helps no one!

Here’s some information everyone needs to know.

Anything from a box color to a highlighting shampoo that causes any visible difference in your hair color has permanently altered the hair structure. Sun-In or anything like that, especially highlighting shampoos and conditioners have any variety of alkaline chemicals that diffuse your natural pigment.  Beware of these products since they may contain sodium hydroxide which is relaxer. Any color from a box that is made from 2 or more components that are mixed together have some sort of peroxide component.  Peroxide oxidizes your natural pigment, so if there is any alkaline in the formula, you will get lift. Many box colors say that they last 24 shampoos simply put if your color is changed by a box and if you grow out roots, it is not temporary the hair structure has been permanently affected. When hair is colored or receives any chemical service it is permanently affected till it is is cut off.

You may have correction to re colour blonde hair with brown pigment, it may be a perfect colour match  but the hair still has any inherent damage caused by the initial service in this case going blonde. As a client try and be as open as possible the more history the better  their is no advantage in trying to hide any chemical service that you have introduced into their hair.   there is no reason to hide any details no matter what the box says informed decisions are easier to make with all the information at  hand and every thing must be taken into consideration.  When we ask you questions about what has happened to your hair for the past year or so, we need to know everything so we can make the right decisions for your services.

Next time you come in to get any chemical service done be completely honest with your colorist or  as a stylist you are doing a consultation make sure you ask all the right question. We can read the history of your hair and there is no need for deception.  After all, we have your best interests in mind.  As they say; the truth will set you free. a lie may break your hair!

Our goal is to work with clients to deal with the issue at hand offering the best service possible supported with education knowledge and an honest understanding of what is possible given any situation and history.

Mike B2MR

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Motivation work with a Mentor.


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR: regular postings of fresh new topic’s

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                                       Training Skill Motivation:

Mentor and the mentored: 

From time to time  words and phases get revitalised re born one such word and term associated with this at the moment is ‘Mentor’.

Innovator,creative thinker,entrepreneur.

What does it mean to you? What feelings and thoughts does it evoke? Does it inspire you or fill you with dread? Maybe such thoughts as? Oh someone else going to tell me what i’m doing wrong. all that self help Crap! Right?
 No ! Verywrong.
What can mentoring offer? How can it help you? The real questions is can you take honest advise are you willing to act on recommendation? or at least honestly consider it? Can you take constructive criticism? Hard for us all.
Firstly consider a mentor as some one skilled and experienced in their field. Someone who may well have experienced the highs and lows of success. Someone who is offering help advise guidance.
One would hope that it’s not totally unconditional. The expectation should be on your, our part commitment to do the work make and embrace both change and challenges.
Certainly not for every one. A journey that may well be an emotional roller coaster.
A journey of self discovery.
I think we could all do and indeed benefit from a mentor/life coach from time to time that someone to trust and confide in. That person who can push buttons create positive thought.That person who is not on an ego trip who’s motives are not self motivated or driven.
Many industry professional are committed to offering such help to others. Asking for or seeking out help is hard for some of us.
It’s like being back at school in that class room and not having the courage to raise that hand and ask that question. Why is it so hard ? yes i know from personal experience how hard this can be !
{ enough on mentoring for now but a subject i think i will investigate more into}
Can any of us honestly say we know everything? We are on top of your game? fully motivated on a daily bases giving your all? keeping up to date and current?

Or like most of us you have off days or are you having more off days than on? Is going to work hard work? Is being at work real work maybe even to the point of resentment?

If you missing that excitement that creative buzz, passion, drive, motivation, then something is missing what could that be? Time to take a look in the one on one with who you see time!

Well now it’s time to be honest. What ever you work situation environment this might be the Salon.  Maybe your self employed. In the case of the salon sometimes its so easy to get wrapped up in the moment to busy, that training product updates fall the way side.

If you self employed taking the time to invest in your self also gets put to the side normally because of time and money issues. If this is the case then we convince our selves that we are doing Ok. We are up date it’s so easy for us to make excuses.The only problem with this is at the end of the day we are hurting our selves and our business we are also and most importantly letting our clients down standards of service drop.

With so many new products constantly coming onto the market it’s so important to be informed and knowledgeable both for your own sake and that of your clients.

Keratin hair relaxing products, new Ammonia free colour lines. This would be classed as product knowledge. Then  our skills techniques from colouring to cutting then we have the technical side of the equation the how and why’s sometimes gets neglected finding time just to reconnect with others share idea’s stay informed.

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Final we have informal seminar’s that are structured to help with salon management, team and staff motivation, Service Consultation and sales.

It is my Opinion that all of the above should be reviewed and although not possible to address all  topic’s at once a plan should be drawn up to keep your business you staff  healthy and strong call it business and personal inventory or attitude adjustment.

Bad habits form slowly over time but fear not, habits can be broken just takes a willingness change a recognition of habit and indeed skill level finally a little work.

It can take as little as three weeks to break habits and start a journey onto a new path of self discovery talent and skill building sharing.

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Stay at the top of you professional be a real master of your craft. Offer the highest standard of Service. Become a specialist in your field take control of your future your career your life.

If you need help[ with any of this I would be happy to work with you or your team.

Mike B2MR

 

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Creative business idea’s for creative people


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR:

Regular postings of fresh new topic’s

As Salon owner’s and Manager Stylist’s.

We all have one major things in Common. Do you know what that is ? We all work in the service Industry. It is our job to offer the highest standards of. Service and Consultation.

This is a team effort an experience that starts as the client walks through the door and is greeted by receptionist and salon assistance. As stylists to offer the best advise supported by knowledge and skill.

On going training product knowledge updates are all key factors to staying current and on the cutting edge of our industry.

We are in the business of making clients feel and look good,making them happier!

It is a know fact. That 50% of clients that visit a salon for the first time do not return! Why is this? What is going wrong? We all spend so much time money and energy trying to get new business. We forget about the existing business. We forget to live in the now! Striving and Trying to build up a strong clientele. But constantly driven to look for new clients new ways to attract clients. We use mediums such as Groupon It attracts new business potentially new clients.But can you keep them? There is no magic bullet.

We need to take an honest look at what is going wrong. This has to be done both as. A Salon as a team and as an individual.

 

Clients leave for many reason’s. Poor service. Bad job. Personality issues. Pricing. Oh and a friend telling them about the new wonder salon down the road. That being everything yours is not!

In all of the above instances the only one person who cannot be blamed is. The client. It is our job to cherish care and build up a trusting honest relationship. One that comes for giving the ultimate service.

Change improvements. Salon service. Image. Increased business all possible but it does take. Hard work, Humility, Honesty and caring.

 

Here is a little personal reflection. But it get’s a point home.

earlier this year my dear life friend my dog Zip very sad he is still much missed. He was almost 10 years old. 3 years ago we moved to the Uk from Canada leaving my clients and hair business behind. There is a reason a lesson in this tale

I have stayed in touch with many of my clients will still chat stay connected. It’s easy! How? With so many Media tools available to us. Well I learned a huge lesson in Zip’s passing sad as it was. How loved and how many clients remembered him. The salon. The service. So many postings with messages from people who’s hair I have not done for three years. But they still care they still remember the time we spent together.  They left message s reflecting on this time spent. Why? Because they wanted to. Because they cared. Because we had built up relationships still strong today.

Service Consultation the key.

We get so wrapped up in booking. Being busy. Fitting in as many clients as possible. That we forget that the person that client in the chair is the most important thing. Think less about the money more about the service for one takes care of the other.

Look after that client give the most attentive service make them feel special she will tell friend and so it builds.

Easy just repeat the same system over and over treat every client the same every time as if it were a first visit and they are really special. Fool proof!

Service .Consultation. Communication. Professional product advise. note not sales advise educate the product it will sell it self.

Trust,Respect,Honesty,Relationships,Commitment.Advise,Service,Consultation,

Communication,The keys.

Do you take the time to really listen and give honest advise?

Would you suggest a different look ? If what was being requested would not look good?

Would you suggest not doing a chemical process if you thought condition to poor?

Would you stay late working with a client until happy?

Have boundaries a 15 min rule for lateness no exception ! why it’s easy the knock on effect over the day creates you running late others being effected.

You see both clients and us as stylist have to be accountable for our actions. Make a decision live with the consequences. Mutual respect. Open lines of communication.

Give sound solid honest advise even if it’s not what the clients wants to hear. Do not take on work that is not represent your own high standards and explain why?

More to follow on this topic but enough to digest for now.

For further places to research on going help and advise some very useful links below online support program for you your salon and team. This is a great little read it reminds us what we know and forgot or what we need to know to move forward.

Some useful tools.

As always  hope this is useful and is useful food for thought and personal growth.Mike B2MR

 

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Thoughts idea sharing. Tips tricks


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR:

A place to share thoughts post comments and idea’s on matters relating to hair colouring skill and techniques and anything industry related.


TIPS AND TRICKS:

What does this mean exactly?

For me it’s sharing anything and everything. It’s not about short cuts or breaking rules! It’s sharing all those things that we learn and experience along the way. Those things that could save you from a pitfall or at least help you get out of one! Enables you to have all the tools needed required to get the job done.

What does it cover? Anything and everything. All that is us. All that make us. Stylist. Salon owners. Business owners. It covers skill knowledge, both technical and practical, life skills, people skills, business skills. 

None of us are perfect although some think they are! None of us know everything although some think they do. Some know more than others, I’m not talking qualifications I’m talking about experience those skills we have learned along the way.Thus allowing us to share what we have learned along the way. Experience, Knowledge. Life skills, Learning from our mistakes.

It is my opinion that however good we are. However much we know. What ever skills we have if we do not share it pass it on use it to encourage others then it’s all rather pointless. Hence my blogs, my sharing.my working with young talented  creative stylist’s.

To keep it to your self to have bragging rights to crow about how good you were are !! That’s all Ego and a waste of time. Giving back sharing is key to personal growth and greater success. knowledge is power.

With all the blogs and articles I post my one goal is to share both experience and skill and knowledge.

 

I have been so fortunate in all the hairdressing industry has afforded me. The experiences I have had. The opportunities I have had. Some of the amazing people I have met and had the good fortune to work with. Adventures still to have.


I would very much like an opportunity to share this with as many stylist as possible to encourage mentor to challenge them to push themselves. 

To salon owners to encourage them to work with staff and team members. To share and discuss what a salon is and should be. How to get the very best from your en-devours. How to offer the highest of standards of service skill to your clients. whilst increasing sales and client retention.Communication Consultation.

I had  a young stylist write to me today asking for advise. Having left college wanting to build up a clientele get busy. Yes as we all know it’s not easy it tales commitment and hard work, However i do feel that Salon owners and managers have to help the new stylist who is committed to working hard.

A guaranteed basic wage for a given period. Also a new stylist should be given all new clients to the salon for an agreed period. This shows both support and commitment. After agreed period the stylist should have proved a good client retention level and indeed added to it through recommendation.

If this is not the case the stylist has to take responsibility for both standard of work and service offered. Build a good solid clientele built on honesty trust skill knowledge and service. Mutual respect.

In these challenging economic times. Having a few skills, refusing to constantly assess honestly what skills need addressing and improving on. Reflection on how things are without taking any action on any thing that might need attention.This a very dangerous path to walk. With forward thinking passion drive motivation these can can be exciting and full of opportunity.

The salon is a place that is unique as are the people who work in it. As are the clients we attract. But the list of what a salon is. What it has to do to run smoothly is huge. It truly is quite a complex structure built of relationships ,honesty and trust.

What is the salon?

Appearance, atmosphere, Image, reputation,  staff, skill education, knowledge, people skill, passion, motivation, service, team players, dedicated. humility. sales through knowledge, respectful, caring.

Owners. Managers. Organisations. skills. Fair firm. Visionary. Sympathetic. Articulate. Service. People skills driven focused. Passion commitment. Knowledgeable . Skilled adviser. Respectful Caring.

Products: knowledge. Sales. Technical skills. On how to use products. Understand use and application.

These are all parts that together make a salon work and be successful can you tick them all off? Maybe most but a few need some attention. I think in most cases we would all be able to add to the list but also circle the need attention items. The million dollar question is Do you want to address those weaknesses? well do you! either as a salon owner or as an individual do you want to invest a little time and little money to reach new levels have higher standards reach new heights.

Tips and tricks is me offering to share with you all that I know and have experienced from. Salon ownership and management. To platform work. Education and sales. Artistic team member. Successful busy stylist. Communication skills. Consultation skills.Hands on technical skills from cutting to hair colour to updo’s what do you need help with. From one on one to small salon groups what are your needs.

My blogs and articles offer free information to help stylists of all levels improve challenge themselves and those around them.Contact me to start investing in your business your self your future. With my skill experience and knowledge and connection with other like minded professionals help is close at hand.

I can connect you with an online support program for you and your salon. What are your needs? What can we learn together. Can we take a journey of knowledge sharing and discovery what can we learn from each other what can we share? Working with students trainee’s young creative talent mentoring the stylist’s of tomorrow. This is what passion and being a professional in this industry is all about.

This article is designed for one thing to ask the question?

Are you ready for change? For the challenge. Want to grow ! can we share and learn from each other?

Mike B2MR

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Hair stylist the consultation process.


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR

It is my goal to create a platform that over time will become a place to share thoughts review hair colour and products.

The Consultation your time to shine:

Want the key to client retention. to loyal clients who not only trust you but recommend you to family and friends? Service yes of course, But much more.

We may have so much colour knowledge expertise but with out the communication and consultation skills it can be lost!

The Consultation each and every time:

I’ve been a fully trained stylist for over 20 years have been fortunate enough to have experienced many aspects of the hairdressing Industry.

In the many years working i have been working with clients, I like to think that nothing shocks or surprises me any have shared every issue that a client can bring to the chair.

I’ve seen young women come in with orange roots and white ends. I’ve seen red roots and black ends.  I’ve seen hair looking like a traffic light from violet to blue, colors that usually are reserved for flowers.When I see these mistakes colour failures in some case hair nightmares one cannot help but feel oh so sorry  for the client to which these hair are attached.

Normally when the color mistakes are so apparent the truth is impossible to ignore the poor client is so embarrassed upset and apologetic that one  really wants to help and fix this problem if at all possible.

The client usually admits that it was a money issue a crazy moment or a few drinks with that got out of hand with a friend it seemed like a good idea at the time! found an old box under the vanity and thought it would be a great time at 3 in the morning to “streak” their hair. I don’t have any issues helping these clients for me the challenge is correcting it the reward is success a happy client she made an honest mistake at home and now seeks professional help a humbling experience in it’s self.

Usually they have learned from the mistake  after all we all make mistakes first time one feels sorry for them repeat offenders well they are on their own, most however are more than willing to go through the steps to fix the situation.

Then there are the liars.  I know this is harsh, but usually when you ask someone a direct question and they knowingly misinform you, that’s a lie. As a stylist how can we make an informed decision to fix something when blatantly given the wrong information, in most cases they have been deceived by marketing adverts and promotion that suggest an easy to use instant make over in a box trouble is these kits cannot cover and address every hair situation or scenario it can be complicated! from a stylist point of view we need to know the truth in order to perform the right service.

Here is an example of a normal client consultation:

 A client is looking for some sort of chemical service, not always a major change; let’s say going lighter.  We will take a close look at the hair during the consultation and figure out what we need to do to get as close to the desired result without damaging the hair.  It is at this time when we’ll ask the client their past history.  whilst at the same time looking and feeling for indications of damage, If we see any sort of banding, we know some sort chemical affected the hair.  It’s a pretty simple fact, hair grows approximately 1/2 inch a month.  If there is a any sort of line of demarcation, we know there was something “done” to the hair,  and we can tell when it happened by how far it is away from the scalp.  When we ask the client why this band exists, they can’t give a reason.  When we’d tell them that something had to be put in their hair to create this band they will not admit to anything.  To be fair with so many over the counter products these days misleading the consumer it is possible that they were unaware the product used would cause this issue.  In some cases one would repeatedly ask the question and they’ll repeatedly plead their innocence/ignorance.  stale mate helps no one!

So here’s some information everyone needs to know.

Anything from a box color to a highlighting shampoo that causes any visible difference in your hair color has permanently altered the hair structure. Sun-In or anything like that, especially highlighting shampoos and conditioners have any variety of alkaline chemicals that diffuse your natural pigment.  Beware of these products since they may contain sodium hydroxide which is relaxer.

Any color from a box that is made from 2 or more components that are mixed together have some sort of peroxide component.  Peroxide oxidizes your natural pigment, so if there is any alkaline in the formula, you will get lift.

Many box colors say that they last 24 shampoos simply put if your color is changed by a box and if you grow out roots, it is not temporary the hair structure has been permanently affected.

When hair is colored or receives any chemical service it is permanently affected till it is is cut off.

You may have correction to re colour blonde hair with brown pigment, it may be a perfect colour match  but the hair still has any inherent damage caused by the initial service in this case going blonde.

So as a client try and be as open as possible the more history the better  their is no advantage in trying to hide any chemical service that you have introduced into their hair.   there is no reason to hide any details no matter what the box says informed decisions are easier to make with all the information at  hand and every thing must be taken into consideration.  When we ask you questions about what has happened to your hair for the past year or so, we need to know everything so we can make the right decisions for your services.

Next time you come in to get any chemical service done be completely honest with your colorist or  as a stylist you are doing a consultation make sure you ask all the right question.

We can read the history of your hair and there is no need for deception.  After all, we have your best interests in mind.  As they say; the truth will set you free. a lie may break your hair!

Our goal is to work with clients to deal with the issue at hand offering the best service possible supported with education knowledge and an honest understanding of what is possible given any situation and history.

Mike B2MR

 

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Sales and selling in the Hair salon


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Regular postings of fresh new topic’s.

                                           Sales or sharing?

A place to share thoughts review hair colour and products.

This topic is worthy of both discussion, sales and selling in the salon for it effects each and every one involved in the Hairdressing Industry. 

It’s also very topical at this time of year when retail sales in salon increase in the run up to Christmas. Many salons bring in extra retail stock and gift packs. From a client point of view some of these deals can be very good value. I think that offering these value packs to clients with out excessive mark up is a greta way of saying thank you for your custom.I worked in one salon  that gave free gift wrapped shampoo to every salon client as a thank you. A great idea.

Having Spent a number of years involved in Sales and education or is it? Education and sales:

It’s so hard to know for one supports the other. [ chicken and egg what comes first]

One side sales drives the education machine funding allowing technicians and educators into salons to share and demonstrate. On the other hand without the support of good education the sales go flat. Salons. Stylist lose interest, use products incorrectly getting bad results blaming the product!

If a client comes to the salon for advise consultation maybe a new look is it selling to suggest a change of look style or colour or any chemical service? No of course not.

But the advise given has to come from a platform of sharing and not from the motivation a bigger bill at the end!  Consultation and back wash time are great places to talk about retail products and hair care.In some cases an assistant can advise you of conversation had team work!

The same applies when they us for recommendation of products for home care and maintenance.YOU we are profession. Clients come to us trusting. Our advise and our skill. To me it is only wrong if your advise is sales motivated you after commission rather than the clients best interests!

It is my view. That if you really trust and have belief in a product it will sell it self. If your educated a product how and why it works. If you have a passion for it, it’s easy to talk about it sells it self.

So why so much pressure on sales why fear education?

In salons many stylist hate education up dates. They look at educators as know it all’s, they attempt to put then down show them up why?  FEAR!

Most salons change colour lines because of dissatisfaction with the product. If it does not perform well in reality the fault is with the stylist technician. But hey! It’s always easier to blame a product than take an honest look in the mirror!

Tuff harsh words but true. I don’t know how many salons I’ve visited that so need education support but the staff, the manager will not allow it.

I also think that many sales representatives have very little respect for what a good passionate educator can do. Why because they fear letting any one see that they don’t know everything! who does? The fact is Sales are Sales. Education is just educating. On how to correctly use and get the best out of the product that sharing knowledge giving support to the salon to the sales person to the staff this can only serve to improve. Standards. Skill. Knowledge.

I also think and in-fact the quotes attached below prove that our industry is full of dynamic passionate professionals and that our clients also care and want to be educated.  So why all the problems?

Ego, Insecurity, Fear? or just an un-daunting need for control!  All things that are rife in society but for some reason really run rampant in the Hair beauty industry.

We have salon managers and owners who fear educating there staff to much. We have staff who hate to admit they have an issues or don’t understand. Will not admit that they want or need more education, skill and knowledge.

We have professional Colour companies who market them selves with being professional. But flood the market with home colour kits. With little or no care for the effect on the high street salon, the stylist trying to make a living build up a clientele not to mention the damage long term use can do from use of home colour.

Colour Companies that offer education to some to degree but maybe not fully transparent when it comes to formulation ! Maybe not totally honest about all the chemistry of any given product need to know bases! misleading.

We have schools Colleges, Academy’s. All offering a level of training but! How qualified? How up to date are those trainers? How much do they really care? How skilled are they? How current are they?

We have young people coming into the industry with a false idea of how successful they can be. How much there is to learn. How long it takes to be a success.

We have Stylist who reach a level of qualification and then sit back knowing everything knowing nothing? why is this?

We have all these different governing bodies have you ever tried contacting them to ask for a meeting or some information? good luck with that one.

Am I out spoken? Well maybe but it’s done it’s said to create discussion, to open up debate, to see who really cares! Not to be politically correct.

I have over the years worked with  many like minded passionate industry professional and they are all of the mind that things could be better standards raised, knowledge shared. education improved so what can we do how can we make a difference?

How can we encourage an exchange of knowledge and information. disclosing of product information in an open transparent manner.  One with sales teams working with and supporting education. Stylist who constantly want to up-date. Teachers trainers. Who really care how to encourage the young stylist to have higher standards, skill, who pride themselves in levels of Service and consultation.

professional passionate creative who freely share experience and views give clients honest advise and help work with them to attain the look and condition they are wanting  the service they are paying us for.

Mike B2MR

 

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Home hair colouring. Is it for you?


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A place to share thoughts post comments and idea’s

HOME HAIR COLOUR.  

EXPOSED – UNPLUGGED! informative.

I have decided to post this Article my hope to cover as many aspects and topic’s as i can . As always i hope it’s useful quite a long article so much to cover! Its a variation on topic that is well covered but i think oh so very useful like the colour wheel needs warrants constant attention and re addressing.

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One of the biggest dangers that the home consumer face when heading down to the chemist or supermarket for that perfect shade of hair colour is impulsiveness yes the powers of advertising.

Celebrities, models, fashion magazines, marketing, advertising gurus have heavily promoted the idea that if you change your hair colour.You can instantly transform your life making you look and feel better.

While that concept may potentially be true in some cases .Any home hair colouring projects undertaken in haste could result in months of growing out regrets not to mention in some cases long lasting damage

Is it possible to create very successful looks from a home hair colour tones and hues with reasonable success?  Although more complicated coloring projects should be outsourced to a professional colour technician,

With some careful planning. A list of realistic expectations with a little patience and knowledge, new shades of blonde, radiant red and chocolate brown can all be possible.

As can the funky bright fashion shades the key is as much as possible not to over process your hair with over bleaching, take the time to consider the colours you want and your expectation not just short term!

Un-Tangling the world of Home Hair Colouring:

The following tips and advise will hopefully help you navigate through a vast array of hair colours with ravishing results:  never just hold the box up to your head to see if the colour on the boxes matches!

                                        {Above over processed home Blonde kit:}

Plan your hair color strategy well. 

Prospective home hairdressers carefully evaluate your colour goals before they even consider making a product purchase maybe have a consultation with a professional colour technician. be honest with yourself about wants goals  . Be honest with stylist about all past history and colour application. A good way to do this is keep old packaging !

Every one experimenting with home hair colour especially newbies should study all of the current hair colour formula options. ask advice seek information.

Home hair color products fall into the following ranges:

 Temporary – Lasts through 1-2 shampoos.  Coats outside of cuticle but does not usually contain peroxide or ammonia.  Will not lift color but will deepen, brighten or enhance existing colour. this includes the bright high fashion shades. some of these colours can build up of they can some times result in staining that can stay behind as colour washes out especially on porous hair.

Semi-Permanent – Lasts 4-6 shampoos.  Coats outside of the cuticle and sometimes deeper deposit can be created depending on the ph of the product opening the cuticle layer.  Generally is free of peroxide or ammonia.  May be more permanent in some situations.

Continued use can result in pigment build up/staining especially on very porous hair sometimes have alkaline base to open cuticle this can create build up and staining.

Demi-Permanent – Lingers through up to 20 shampoos.  Deposits colour between cuticle and cortex. normally contain low level of peroxide and/or ammonia. or something that does the same job change the Ph open the cuticle to enable deposit.

Permanent – Cuticle is opened and color is deposited down into the cortex. Contains peroxide and ammonia.  or something else to deliver the colour molecule [eg MEA} Colour lasts until it grows out, is cut off or is re.coloured.

Highlights – Lifts pigments from the cortex. Contains peroxide, bleach and ammonia. volume of peroxide dictates lift  timing essential.

Below make over shot from above 

      The colour was done with Highlights and panels using only Demi formulation tore pigment hair!

Double Process Colour – Cuticle is first opened and hair is lightened 4-6 levels with peroxide, ammonia and bleach.  New colour is then deposited via a toner into the cortex through the cuticle. some situations, wash out tones may become permanent if applied to strands that are porous or damaged from previous bleaching or chemical treatments. explanation also applies to the high fashion bright colours.

While Temporary, Semi and Demi- Permanent hues are generally considered safe it is fair to point out there are always exceptions to every hair rule, For example in some situations, wash out tones may become permanent if applied to strands that are porous or damaged from previous bleaching or chemical treatments. What does this mean exactly?

That if you apply a temporary colour to strands that are damaged and thus porous or more absorbent than normal the colour will seep down deep into the cortex and may permanently stain.  Thus repeated attempts to wash out the colour will be ineffective. Again this explanation is true of the bright fashion shades. Build up and staining can create issues when trying to switch into new colours!

 Note:  If you are unsure how your  hair will adopt to hair colour, dial the toll free help lines provided with most home hair colour kits or skip the home colour exercise and contact a professional colourist. or you can at a stretch take a small sample strand from the nape area and apply some colour a strand test.

If you have a good working relationship with your stylist, consider discussing your home hair color plans in advance with them.  
Many hairdressers will be supportive of your goals if you are honest with them.

As stylists we should be professional if in this situation and give good sound advise it will come back to you in positive ways.

 Skin Tone, eye colour, Features, Age:

After you have decided on the right colour process, evaluate the best shade for your age, skin tones and other facial features. It is important that you also take into consideration your lifestyle and how much maintenance you are able to handle to keep your colour fresh and root free.

Things to consider tips to follow:

Keep in mind that hair colour can lift and lighten, match existing colours and brighten or provide depth through darker, richer hues.

Focus on colors that are soft, natural and classy.  Consider choosing shades that will slightly lighten, brighten or deepen your current  tone.

Select a shade that blends well with your current hair colour that is no more than a maximum of two shades lighter or darker than your own.  It is important to stay in close colour range to avoid a stark color   demarcation line.

Consider your age when selecting colours.  Select products and colours that are designed for your age group.  


Keep in mind that colors marketed to much younger consumers are not designed to handle Grey and may be too bright for your skin and eye tones.

Remember that after certain ages skin may take on a slight yellow tint.  Soften this look with shades that have a golden base

If you wish to cover Grey, be sure to buy a product that is specifically formulated to deal with the  Grey issue.

Some of the darker shades may intensify wrinkles or other aging signs.  To instantly peel off some years, go one or two shades lighter

Consider buying an extra hair color kit in case of unforeseen problems or if your hair is extremely long or thick you may wish to use two kits to guarantee complete coverage.

With the bright Colour fashion shades you are normally looking for shock value not something subtle having said this the rules still apply some colours will look better on you than others.

                                            Pic Avantgarde artistic Team  

The steps to Success!

Guide lines advice:

Once you have selected the hair color product and hue for you, complete the following steps:

Check the expiration date while still at the store to make sure the product is still viable.

                                               Below before shot over processed hair:

Once home, immediately examine all the contents in the box. Make sure you have everything stated on the packaging Read the instructions carefully. If anything missing, immediately return the product to where it was purchased.

As always I would suggest a skin patch test at least 48 hours before you colour.

Although you may have used hair colour products in the past, it is very important to do a patch test to protect against an unexpected allergic reaction.  products can change formulation change!
Even if you have been colouring for years, allergies can develop out of the blue and cause serious health risks if not treated immediately.

Do a strand test at least 24 hours before you take the final colour step. Although this process postpones the coloring tasks, it is important to get a good preview of how your hair will look with the selected colour. If you don’t like the results,you can abandon  the project before applying the product to your entire head. Better safe than sorry when it comes to living with unexpected colour results.

Assemble your hair colour tool kit. Gather together a plastic pick or comb, timer, an old shirt and two dark towels that you don’t mind staining. Consider adding a protective covering for the floor since some    hair colors can splatter and be messy.

Make sure you have a good pair of rubber gloves. most kit supply gloves but of poor quality may not fit as well as desired also when getting gloves check out if you want latex or not!

If you plan on repeat colouring, a box of disposable good  quality gloves is a sound investment. staining can be an issue barrier cream on  hand is a good idea. some products supply application bottles but a bowl and brush give very good coverage,

Above make over hair look rich natural happy!

Applying The Colour:

Once you are ready to actually apply the colour consider the following tips:

It is best to apply colour to hair that has not been washed for at least 24-48 hours to take advantage of the buildup of natural hair oils. these help to protect your scalp.


 If a lot of styling products are used on a regular basis, consider using a shampoo with a clarifying shampoo at least one week before using home hair colour, this will help remove any excess products layered onto the cuticle. do not use clarifying shampoo as a regular product it will lighten and fade you colour!

Pick a time when you are relaxed and will not be disturbed. Once you mix the colour, use it right away. Play some soothing or fun music that helps you stay focused on the task at hand.

Before you start, re read the instructions from beginning to end.  Make sure that you have everything required in the kit.

Follow all the instructions completely! in the order in which they are suggested.

Dispose of any leftover colour as soon as you are finished.{safely}  Once the colours have been mixed, any unused amounts should not be reused at a later date.

To avoid forehead or hairline stains, apply a light layer of Vaseline or similar product right below where the colour will be applied to contain drips or stains.  If you do see drips, wipe them up immediately with an old wet washcloth.

You start applying colour at the back of your head and work forward to make sure that the product is applied evenly and does not smear”.  Tip bad stains on skin can indicate that the ph of the colour in high [skin has a Ph 7 so bad stains suggest the colour must be very high Ph ]  tip bad stains windex on cotton wool,

Jaw clamps or salon clips are not usually provided.  If you feel you need to clip off sections that are newly coloured or hair that is waiting to be colored, invest in some metal clips to help colour in a more organized process.

First timers:

If you’ve never coloured before, carefully apply product from roots to the ends. If you have Virgin hair i would suggest applying colour to the mid lengths and ends first roots last they will lift and take the colour the quickest! if in doubt seek professional advise.

For previously coloured hair, be careful to only apply colour to new hair growth. It is important not to overlap colour be patient to allow the full development time watching the colour develop in a mirror from time to time.  It is impossible to know what the results are until the process has finished and the hair is washed and dried.know that you are changing colour and it will go through different stages as the colour develops.

If this is your first time coloring at home or you are nervous about the results, ask a friend to colour sit with you in case you miss some spots or are unsure how the colour is developing.

When the colour is finished processing shampoo out as described in the instructions.  Allowing colour to stay on longer than recommended will not achieve better results.  Hair colour is designed to stop processing at a set point and no matter how long you leave it in your hair, it will not alter the fact that the processing has finished.

If toning it will carry on depositing on porous or bleached hair if left on for prolonged period.

When to seek professional advise Hair colour:

If considering home hair colour and you fit into one of the following groups:

This type of colour change can be very tricky and  maybe a good time for consultation and  advice of a professional to be fully aware of all of your options an choices.

If you are going from Blonde / Darker or very Dark to light Blonde

If your tresses tend to pick up lots of reds or other unwanted tones.

Your hair has been chemically treated (straightened, waved) in the last 30 days.

You desire a complicated technique such as block or strap colours or multi-dimensional highlights and low-lights.

You have previously experienced allergic reactions to hair colour products.

After you have successfully walked through all the steps and have achieved the new color of your dreams, consider the fact that proper post-maintenance will help keep your strands soft and extend the life of the colour.

I hope this was helpful Mike B2MR

 

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